red to inspire you: from the milan design week

Last week I was in my hometown Milan for the Design Week. This is the week where the whole city is bursting with energy and creativity! All new furniture and design products are presented in the huge expo designed by Fuksas, which is located just outside Milan. In the evening, several events take place in various Design Districts of Milan. It is the famous FuoriSalone (Outside the Fair) with its cocktails, vernissages, presentations and exhibits.

For design lovers, there’s no better time of the year to stroll around and get the best view of Milan than this week.

It was a grey morning when I arrived in the Expo and, with the cold light, I was struck by the red and green. Red and green are complementary colours so they make a strong contrast one next to the other. Red is the colour of some of the facades of the Expo building and I liked how several cafes had chosen red chair and put them directly on the green grass.

Playing with these two colours can have very interesting effects for outdoor spaces. And for those living in Brussels, we know that green is particularly green (oh! so much rain lately!)… so the effect is even stronger!

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Inside the expo, red was seen declined in all shades and materials.


Here above a pouf from Jesse, sofas from Estel, chaise long from Moroso.


Below, chairs from Rossin and armchair by Moroso

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Also in bathrooms, red was used for accessories or small cabinets like the one here below from Blu Scavolini, the new bathroom line from kitchen manufacturer Scavolini.  I like how all these small volumes are hung on the wall and create an interesting compositions.

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And my favourites: radiators and towel hangers. Aren’t they just so amazingly beautiful? These are by Tubes.


And here’s a glimpse of the FuoriSalone. This is next to via Brera, one of the design and fashion districts of Milan.